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“Homey and well-located, but NOISY”

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B&B Le Contesse Florence
Ranked #111 of 643 Florence B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Brussels, Belgium
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Homey and well-located, but NOISY”
Reviewed 22 September 2013

Le Contesse is a nice B&B with a cozy, homey feeling. You can really picture yourself staying as an Italian family's house guest. The owner is also very friendly and helpful, and it is all very clean.

The B&B is also very well-located, right next to the pedestrian area which comprises the historic centre. Most of the main locations are a short walk away, yet the area around the B&B is not very touristy, more of an area where locals go out to eat or have a drink. For example, a pizzeria very popular among locals is just a stone's throw away.

However, the downsides are fairly severe, in my opinion.
First of all, it is very, very noisy. Our room had windows to a small alley, and you could hear the noise from the adjacent road amplified. While it was fairly ok from 2am to 5am, the rest of the time it was impossible to leave the window open, and at around 6am delivery and rubbish collection were sure to wake us up both nights. It also didn't help that the curtains were insufficient - very thin material that hardly helped to keep any light out.

Secondly, one of the two windows should not be opened (it wouldn't close properly and took the combined efforts of both me and my partner to close it), and the bathroom was really tiny, making it hard to move without bumping into the sink, tiny shower cabin or the toilet.

And finally, the breakfast. While we wouldn't expect much breakfast-wise in Italy to start with and the "selection" was actually fairly wide for an Italian pension (bread, croissants, two types of cereal, butter, two types of jam, yoghurt, juice, milk and coffee), I found it very sad that the offered products were the cheapest of the cheap (particularly the juiceboxes...)
While Italy does not boast much of a breakfast culture, it would have been nice if at least some fresh fruit would have been offered or other kinds of Italian delicacies. The place is called "Bed and Breakfast" after all. A slightly more attention to the breakfast part could be nice. The coffee was good, though.

In short: A fairly good place for visiting Florence on a budget as many affordable places are located much further away from the historic centre. However, some improvements should be made, especially considering the quality of sleep and the breakfast.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hristina Y, Owner at B&B Le Contesse Florence, responded to this review, 23 September 2013
Dear Sirin,

Thank you for the extensive review. I am sorry to hear, however, that your stay was not as enjoyable as I would have liked it to be. Thank you for mentioning the window situation. We did take note of that shortly after we took over the property and have actually made plans to change all windows in November, after the season is over. We hope that the new double glass windows will eliminate a big part of the noise as well. Unfortunately, being in the city center has its downsides and street noise is one of them. I guess when opting for a city holiday, one has to decide whether being walking distance from all city attractions, restaurants and shops is more important than sleeping in quiet surroundings or the other way around, and pick lodging accordingly. I assure you it is quite hard to have both in the center of the city, especially if you want to sleep with the windows open.

As for breakfast, to be perfectly honest with you, as long as we are in our current price range, I am not planning on changing a thing for several reasons. Firstly, we have gotten a lot more positive comments regarding our breakfast offering than negative ones. As you remarked yourself, breakfast in a B&B in Italy usually consists of a croissant, cappuccino and maybe some pre-packaged rusks and jam. The reason being that, by definition, a B&B is a simple place of lodging offering the basics one might need when staying away from home. It does not provide the services and amenities one expects to get in a 3 or 4 star hotel, hence the reduced price offered. As explained in detail by you, we are trying to provide a bit more variety on the breakfast table, but are, naturally, constrained by our own budget, namely that of a B&B property. Hence, offering freshly squeezed fruit juice and the best of the best of Italian produce is clearly not an option and, I am certain, neither is an expectation of our clients. What we have on the breakfast buffet are products that a lot of Italian families purchase on a daily basis for their own consumption. As for ‘cheapest of the cheap’, at least here in Italy, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and Coco Pops, for example, are not the cheapest cereal one could find in the cereal section and are both popular and well-liked products.

In short, I greatly appreciate your review, as I am always eager to learn about my clients’ experience at Le Contesse. In turn, I hope my comments above will help you evaluate your needs and expectations better next time you look for accommodation, so that you are not unnecessarily disappointed by your choice later. Accommodation classifications are made for a reason and one cannot expert to pay the price for one and receive the amenities and service of another!

With my personal best regards,
Hristina
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

Although it was a bit difficult to find when I first arrived (there is simply a small placard next to the buzzer with its name), this clean little B&B was in a great location near a beautiful and vibrant church, and within walking distance of all of the local tourist stops. It was quiet at night, and very nice to have air conditioning! The breakfast room/kitchen was also so cute!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Hristina Y, Owner at B&B Le Contesse Florence, responded to this review, 12 August 2013
Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us! Many thanks for the kind words!
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Geelong, Australia
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

We stayed 2 nights at B&B Le Contessa and could not have been more delighted. Hristina - the girl on reception - was absolutely fantastic. From the moment we arrived she made us feel at home. The B&B itself is just gorgeous...a wonderful surprise in the middle of busy Florence. The room was spacious and light, the bathroom great and all spotless. Hristina gave us wonderful tips for restaurants and places to visit. She also recommended a day trip for us up into the hills overlooking Florence and booked us a table at a restaurant with amazing views and fabulous food.
We cannot recommend B&B B Le Contesse highly enough. It was one of the highlights of our trip to Italy.
Also thanks to the wonderful taxi driver who went out of his way to return my purse to the B & B that I had left in his cab!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hristina Y, Owner at B&B Le Contesse Florence, responded to this review, 20 July 2013
I appreciate your kind words, Deb! It was an absolute pleasure having both of you here. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay at Le Contesse and hope to be able to welcome you here again. Once more, thanks for the lovely flowers! All the best, Hristina
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Juba
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Reviewed 27 June 2013

I was enormously impressed with B&B Le Contesse Florence. Great boutique B&B, nested in amongst the old narrow streets in Florence. Staff was friendly and relaxed whilst being on hand to help with anything you might need. Rooms are very nice and roomy.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Hristina Y, Owner at B&B Le Contesse Florence, responded to this review, 30 June 2013
Thanks a lot, Vasko! We hope to have you back with us soon!
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Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed 26 May 2013

We enjoyed our stay in the beautiful B&B LeContesse so much
that we'd really like to recommend this!

The whole B&B is beautiful, very clean and lovingly arranged.
The rooms are high, bright and pretty calm even when they
front the street! The breakfast is very italian and nice.

Le Contesse is located right in the historic part of the town and
you can get to the Santa Maria del Fiore in about ten minutes!
(Only problem is that your not allowed to park in the historical
district during daytime, but we tried it at night and it worked!)

Hristina is such a friendly and caring person who will help you
whenever she can and she makes a fine italian coffee when
your friend is getting lost in the streets of Florence while trying
to bring the car to Le Contesse!

Best accomodation in years!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Hristina Y, Owner at B&B Le Contesse Florence, responded to this review, 30 May 2013
You're so sweet! Thanks a lot! Hope we get to see you guys back here soon :-)
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Reviewed 20 May 2013

We had such a great stay at B&B Le Contesse. The location is perfect, only a five minute walk from the Duomo and the place was absolutely beautiful. The owners were so friendly, they made us fresh croissants and coffee in the morning and helped us find our way around Florence.

Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hristina Y, Owner at B&B Le Contesse Florence, responded to this review, 23 May 2013
Thanks for your lovely message, Megan! We hope to have you guys here again soon!
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Bogota, Colombia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2013

We really liked the B&B Le Contesse.
Great location with a fare price, the room and the bathroom were clean, good breakfast and great attention they were friendly and they gave us great suggestions to visit around Florence. The place is very secure. We highly recommended!!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hristina Y, Owner at B&B Le Contesse Florence, responded to this review, 23 May 2013
Thanks for your comments, Paula. We're very happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. Hope to see you again soon.
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Property: B&B Le Contesse Florence
Address: Via Giosue' Carducci 3, 50121, Florence, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Santa Croce
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #111 of 643 B&Bs / Inns in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bed & Breakfast Le Contesse is situated in the heart of the historic center, between the areas of Sant'Ambrogio and Santa Croce. Most major attractions-the Santa Croce church, the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, the Uffizi gallery, Ponte Vecchio, La Academia-are only a short walk away. All of our rooms are cleaned daily and equipped with a private bathroom, TV, wireless internet, air-conditioning and bathroom amenities. A complimentary Italian breakfast is available daily in our common eating area. ... more   less 
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